A powerful new First World War-inspired music project featuring Mercury Prize folk artists Sam Lee, Rachel and Becky Unthank will receive its world premiere at Town Hall Birmingham next month.
A Time and Place presents new material inspired by personal stories and arrangements to First World War poetry alongside original repertoire from the time against striking visuals from Birmingham video designer Matthew J Watkins (Gorillaz, Beat13, Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked).
The result is an incredibly powerful performance that marks the centenary of the First World War by connecting the creative landscape of wartime England circa 1914 to contemporary Britain in 2014.
British folk singer Sam Lee, whose 2012 album Ground Of Its Own garnered a Mercury Music Prize nomination for Album Of The Year, undertook extensive research for A Time And Place earlier this year by discovering wartime songs and stories from rural communities in the south-west of England.
Sam will be joined on stage at Birmingham’s 180-year old Grade I listed Town Hall by north-eastern singer-storytellers Rachel and Becky Unthank – who have set new music to First World War poetry and more – along with band-mate Adrian McNally who has arranged all of the above for an 11-piece ensemble including string quartet and brass.
The world premiere of A Time And Place is at Town Hall Birmingham on Wednesday 17 September 2014, before touring to London and Leeds.
SAM LEE, RACHEL AND BECKY UNTHANK, ADRIAN MCNALLY + MORE
VIDEO DESIGN BY MATTHEW J WATKINS
7.30PM WEDNESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2014
TOWN HALL BIRMINGHAM
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Co-produced by sounduk, Barbican and Opera North in partnership with Town Hall & Symphony Hall